Emil Cioran quotes

Who is Emil Cioran?

Emil Cioran was a Romanian pessimistic philosopher.

Emil Cioran quotes

“A book is a suicide postponed.”

Emil Cioran

“As far as I am concerned, I resign from humanity. I no longer want to be, nor can still be, a man. What should I do? Work for a social and political system, make a girl miserable? Hunt for weaknesses in philosophical systems, fight for moral and esthetic ideals? It’s all too little. I renounce my humanity even though I may find myself alone. But am I not already alone in this world from which I no longer expect anything?”

Emil Cioran On the Heights of Despair

“Better to be an animal than a man, an insect than an animal, a plant than an insect, and so on.”

Emil Cioran The Trouble with Being Born

“By all evidence we are in the world to do nothing.”

Emil Cioran

“Chaos is rejecting all you have learned, Chaos is being yourself.”

Emil Cioran A Short History of Decay

“Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh.”

Emil Cioran

“Do I look like someone who has something to do here on earth?

That's what I'd like to answer the busybodies who inquire into my activities.”

Emil Cioran The Trouble with Being Born

“Each time I fail to think about death, I have the impression of cheating, of deceiving someone in me.”

Emil Cioran The Trouble with Being Born

“Having always lived in fear of being surprised by the worst, I have tried in every circumstance to get a head start, flinging myself into misfortune long before it occurred.”

Emil Cioran The Trouble with Being Born

“How I wish I didn't know anything about myself and this world!”

Emil Cioran On the Heights of Despair

“I don’t understand why we must do things in this world, why we must have friends and aspirations, hopes and dreams. Wouldn’t it be better to retreat to a faraway corner of the world, where all its noise and complications would be heard no more? Then we could renounce culture and ambitions; we would lose everything and gain nothing; for what is there to be gained from this world?”

Emil Cioran On the Heights of Despair

“I would like to be free, totaly free... free like an aborted child.”

Emil Cioran On the Heights of Despair

“I'm simply an accident. Why take it all so seriously?”

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“If I were to be totally sincere, I would say that I do not know why I live and why I do not stop living. The answer probably lies in the irrational character of life which maintains itself without reason.”

Emil Cioran On the Heights of Despair

“If we could truly see ourselves the way others see us we'd disappear on the spot.”

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“In every man sleeps a prophet, and when he wakes there is a little more evil in the world.”

Emil Cioran

“Is it possible that existence is our exile and nothingness our home?”

Emil Cioran Tears and Saints

“It is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.”

Emil Cioran The Trouble with Being Born

“No matter which way we go, it is no better than any other. It is all the same whether you achieve something or not, have faith or not, just as it is all the same whether you cry or remain silent.”

Emil Cioran On the Heights of Despair

“One can experience loneliness in two ways: by feeling lonely in the world or by feeling the loneliness of the world.”

Emil Cioran

“Only optimists commit suicide, optimists who no longer succeed at being optimists. The others, having no reason to live, why would they have any to die?”

Emil Cioran

“Revenge is not always sweet, once it is consummated we feel inferior to our victim.”

Emil Cioran

“Shame on the man who goes to his grave escorted by the miserable hopes that have kept him alive.”

Emil Cioran

“Sometimes I wish I were a cannibal – less for the pleasure of eating someone than for the pleasure of vomiting him.”

Emil Cioran The Trouble with Being Born

“Tears do not burn except in solitude.”

Emil Cioran On the Heights of Despair

“Tell me how you want to die, and I’ll tell you who you are.”

Emil Cioran Tears and Saints

“The fact that life has no meaning is a reason to live –– moreover, the only one.”

Emil Cioran

“The multiplication of our kind borders on the obscene; the duty to love them, on the preposterous.”

Emil Cioran

“The true hero fights and dies in the name of his destiny, and not in the name of a belief.”

Emil Cioran A Short History of Decay

“This very second has vanished forever, lost in the anonymous mass of the irrevocable. It will never return. I suffer from this, and I do not. Everything is unique—and insignificant.”

Emil Cioran The Trouble with Being Born

“To get up in the morning, wash and then wait for some unforeseen variety of dread or depression.
I would give the whole universe and all of Shakespeare for a grain of ataraxy.”

Emil Cioran The Trouble with Being Born

“True confessions are written with tears only. But my tears would drown the world, as my inner fire would reduce it to ashes.”

Emil Cioran On the Heights of Despair

“We are so lonely in life that we must ask ourselves if the loneliness of dying is not a symbol of our human existence.”

Emil Cioran On the Heights of Despair

“We have convictions only if we have studied nothing thoroughly.”

Emil Cioran

“What do you do from morning to night?

I endure myself.”

Emil Cioran The Trouble with Being Born

“What I know at sixty, I knew as well at twenty. Forty years of a long, a superfluous, labor of verification.”

Emil Cioran The Trouble with Being Born

“When people come to me saying they want to kill themselves, I tell them, “What’s your rush? You can kill yourself any time you like. So calm down. Suicide is a positive act.” And they do calm down.”

Emil Cioran The Trouble with Being Born

“Write books only if you are going to say in them the things you would never dare confide to anyone.”

Emil Cioran